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Posted July 14, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

Step it up

Class instructor Katherine Long leads Zumba classes at Tap Etc. in Front Royal. — Rich Cooley/Daily

Lettie McCullough, left, and Vennie McCullough work out in the Zumba class. Walk-ins are accepted, and first-timers can pay $1 to try a class. — Rich Cooley/Daily

A Zumba class meets recently at Tap Etc. in Front Royal. Participants are, from left front, Norma Ruid, instructor Katie Long, Paula Racey and her sister Randi Racey. — Rich Cooley/Daily

Tap Etc. dance studio to expand to music and theater

By Josette Keelor -- jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Front Royal's new dance studio, Tap Etc., located in the old school house at 23B Royal Ave., is everything its name implies. It offers variations on dance classes, from tap to ballet, but after less than a month in business, it also has plans for infusing the community with opportunities for drama and music.

"This town could use a little more theater in it," said owner Kristin McCullough, who said she intends to expand the second-floor dance studio into other vacant parts of the downtown building.

"I'm hoping it will do well," she said. "We're hoping in time that we'll be able to put together a little theater group."

Current classes at Tap Etc. include ballet, jazz and Latin-inspired Zumba exercise sessions, but McCullough said she will be adding voice and acting classes as well as break dancing and hip hop lessons beginning in the fall.

Zumba instructor Katherine Long also teaches voice and acting.

"She's like my right hand," McCullough said. Zumba is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Participants can drop in for class as available, and first-timers can try it out for $1, McCullough said.

Though two other businesses occupy the building across from the court house, McCullough said the rest is being renovated, and she said she hopes to take advantage of the extra space as her business grows.

"I danced for a little time when I was younger," she said. After 10 years of training, she said, the joy of dancing has remained with her, even when she didn't have time to pursue it.

"It's one of those things, it sticks with you," she said.

Originally from Dale City, McCullough has lived in Pennsylvania, Maine and even Australia. She settled down in Linden 12 years ago with her husband. Their twin teenage daughters help her with classes at Tap Etc., in a move she and her husband call "studio on a shoestring."

But with only three dance students in her beginning tap and ballet classes (one of the three signed up for both), McCullough has plenty of room for interested pupils. In competition with one other dance studio in town -- The Ol' Soft Shoe Dance Workshop -- McCullough said she wants to offer what no one else in the area has.

"I'm hopeful for the fall," she said, "I really am."

For more information, call 540-454-8708, visit c or find Tap Etc on Facebook.

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